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The essence of Selina Kyle in a new perspective has always been an interesting idea. In a DC Universe where all the heroes comes from some trajectory of tragedy, one more is not necessarily a big surprise. In “Under The Moon – A Catwoman Tale” [Lauren Myracle/DC/208pgs], we get an origin story of sorts. Selina had possibility in terms of a moderately passable childhood but had a mother that either neglected or didn’t understand his own self worth. The reality of the situation is a truism as the actual idea of how this works runs in parallel to Regina Louise whom IR talked to in an interview recently. The situation creates a texture but also the experience of the individual. The story line that involves CInders, which was Selina’s cat she rescues and then loses because of the cruelty of her mother’s boyfriend, scars her for life but causes her not to trust anyone. She runs away from home and lives on the street. Her training with Ono seems organic in terms of how she gains skills. She was already stealing from stores before that so the element of this kind of life is ingrained into her personality anyway. The psychological elements of trust are brought to bear especially with Bruce Wayne whom we see a bigger backstory in terms of their youth. Selina has the modes of communication but she also wants people to make the effort to connect which sometimes is not the nature of human behavior. Because of this stubbornness, she continues to live on the streets and finds her way even if those she really wants to be close keep her at arms length or vice versa. “Under The Moon” is a Catwoman origin story for the new age which unfortunately keys into the isolation of the intention of the character while still keeping it in a time void with its own voice.
By Tim Wassberg
The aspect of 70s and, by extension, early 80s horror with some modern sensibility seems to be integrating a little bit into the modern culture currently. The metaphors that were prevalent then seem ingrained in the consciousness now but with a greater sense of informational overload. “Fissure” [Tim Daniel/Vault/112pgs] takes an aspect of body snatcher movies and mixes it with a sense of “Tremors” to create the story of a Texas town under attack. The divide is a large opening in the earth that doesn’t discern between Texans and immigrants. This, of course, is the key intersecting part of the story which creates the tension early on despite an over inundation of would-be social relevance. At the heart of the story is Hark and his Hispanic girlfriend Avery Lee. The chemistry is doctrine but real (say if Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes played the parts) but is based in a texture that both are essentially good people. When the entire the town is seemingly swallowed up including Hark’s dad, they must go into the pit to find what is lost. In the latter half of the book, the underground green texture has almost an oozy feeling of the end of “Aliens” with Hicks and Ripley but without the cool tech (plus Avery Lee is pregnant). Ultimately, say like “Monsters”, escape is possible in one way but impossible in the other although the set up at the end is a little circumspect. Despite this, “Fissure” tries to tell a pertinent story yet tells it only adequately.
By Tim Wassberg
The aspect of a superhero per se is that both have elements of morality but also an X-Men aspect of greater-than-thou personification. The aspect here in “Livewire Vol 1: Fugitive” [Vita Ayala/Valiant/112pgs] is a girl who controls all media and electronics from Facebook to satellites. It seems a little too all encompassing a solution. In a previous story, she cut out the power to the entire country causing mass panic, downed airliners and many other problem. She contends that she did it to protect her friends who were being targeted by the government. The progression here involves her trying to reconnect with her family of sorts while still on the lam. Our lead character here comes off both vulnerable but also unprepared at times as she makes leaps of logic. Ultimately the aspect involves a possibility to negate her powers which of course becomes a duel of the fates inevitably. The problem in the texture of the story is the loss of resolution. A lot of perceptions are said and discussed but nothing is necessarily resolved. The lead character’s prowess in fighting can take the place of her powers but it doesn’t explain the discrepancy of the training. Ultimately, the story does not create the true feeling of stakes of what she is fighting for. Even the showdown with her brother, both trained under a fighting master, seems ram shot and not very convincing overall. Unlike “Scarlet” which really had a handle on its protagonist and her reasoning and action, “Livewire” takes a concept and, at least within this volume, does not bring it to actuation.
By Tim Wassberg